A report in the Miami New Times on Tuesday alleges that Alex Rodriguez purchased illegal performance-enhancing drugs from a South Florida anti-aging clinic over the prior four years.
The explosive report says that the newspaper obtained records from Biogenesis, a clinic that has closed and was owned by Anthony Bosch, the son of Florida physician Pedro Bosch who was linked to Manny Ramirez when the former Los Angeles Dodger was suspended for illegal PED usage in 2009.
According to records given to the Miami New Times, the clinic repeatedly mentions Rodriguez, as well as many other sports stars and prominent major league baseball players — including Gio Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon, reports Yahoo! Sports.com.
Rodriguez, the New York Yankees star third baseman has already admitted using illegal PEDs while he played with the Texas Rangers from 2001 through 2003, but has denied using anything since.
According to the clinic's records obtained by the newspaper, A-Rod — identified in the records as "Alex Rodriguez," "Alex Rod," or "Cacique," the name of a pre-Columbian Caribbean chief — paid $3,500 in 2009 for what is identified as "1.5 HGH (sports perf.), creams test., glut., MIC, supplement, sports perf. Diet."
Both the HGH and testosterone cream are banned by MLB.
Another record links "Cacique" to IGF-1 — a banned substance that stimulates insulin production and muscle growth.
Yuri Sucart — A-Rod's cousin and purported drug mule when he was in Texas — was also identified as having paid Bosch $500 for a weeklong supply of HGH in 2009. Sucart was banned from any non-public areas involving the Yankees including the clubhouse or team buses back in 2011.
Other baseball players identified in the clinic's records include former Yankee players Cabrera and Colon — who were both suspended by the league last season — and Nationals pitcher Gonzalez and Rangers outfielder Cruz.
The Yankees will not act upon the information until Major League Baseball vets the situation, according to an industry source. This could lead to Rodriguez being suspended if the evidence is able to be obtained and authenticated — which could take a while.
A-Rod is currently recovering from hip surgery and is not expected to be back with the team until at least the All-Star break.